HRP Booth at Lunas Sri Karumaariamman Temple for Pangguni Utter Thiruvizha

HRP Booth at Lunas Sri Karumaariamman Temple for Pangguni Utter Thiruvizha. There were about 3000 devotees attended. Many visited HRP Booth and we explained Hindraf/HRP struggles, direction and the importants of indian majority seats, 15/38 campaign, Lunas & Padang Serai constituency & voter registration, changing address. Distribute fliers on FAQ & Leaders direction (tamil) to the public.

Muniandy Ponnusamy

HRP Kedah

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Hindraf’s Waytha seeks debate with Perkasa (Free Malaysia Today)

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By Joe Fernandez

KOTA KINABALU: Hindraf Makkal Sakthi will invite Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali and his most prominent supporter, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, to a conference on Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, which it plans to hold in the British Parliament.

“This will be a chance for the duo to flog their racist cause before the world once and for all,” said Kelantan-born Hindraf chief Waythamoorthy Ponnusamy, who is in exile in Britain.

Speaking to FMT by telephone from Singapore, he said the proposed conference would also prove de facto Law Minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz wrong about Article 153.

Nazri recently said the article could not be questioned and that it was because Waythamoorthy had broken this taboo that he could not be allowed back in the country.

“I did not merely question Article 153,” said Waythamoorthy. “I have repeatedly called for it to be scrapped.”

He said the proposed conference will see “a distinguished gathering of Queen’s counsel” debating Article 153 within the full scope of the Federal Constitution and declassified documents pertaining to the Merdeka talks.

“Hindraf will be holding talks with two QCs from the Doughty Street Chamber on April 6 in London in preparation for the conference,” he said.

“We have not finalised whether the conference will be in the House of Commons or the House of Lords, but most probably the latter.”

The conference will discuss at least four topics:

* Special Malay privileges is a myth created by Umno’s propaganda machine and does not exist in Article 153;

* Article 153 also covers the legitimate aspirations of the non-Malay communities besides mentioning the natives of Sabah and Sarawak and the Malays;

* The powers of the King over Article 153 have been systematically usurped by Umno as a party and government since independence in 1957 and this must be viewed as treason; and

* Article 153 was supposed to be scrapped 15 years after independence.

Declassified papers

Waythamoorthy said he would also invite the Attorrney-General “to state the Malaysian government’s position before the international community”.

He rejected a comparison between Hindraf and Perkasa and the allegation that both are racist organisations.

“It doesn’t mean that we are racist just because we talk about the plight of the Indians all the time,” he said. “We are only seeking our rights under the Federal Constitution which have been denied us. We are not out to deprive anyone of his place in the sun, unlike Perkasa, although they will deny it like all racists.”

He does not rule out participation in the London conference by apolitical groups like the Common Interest Group Malaysia (CigMa) headed by Jeffrey Kitingan and various Orang Asli associations who were involved in a rare demonstration recently in Putrajaya.

However, he said, he saw little point in Umno taking part in the conference since the party, he alleged, had out-sourced its racist ideology to Perkasa in order to stay relevant in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

“We are going to prove through the conference that Umno has been misleading everybody on Article 153 and taking them for a ride,” he said. “We will easily establish this. We are backed by the Federal Constitution, including Article 153, and the declassified papers on the Merdeka talks.”

He pointed out that the declassified papers, although still considered official secrets in Malaysia, were no longer so in Britain.

The bottomline is that Hindraf wants Article 153 scrapped but would consider supporting a new article guaranteeing protection for the underprivileged of all races.

“The weakness of the present Article 153 is that it has been ignored and the legitimate aspirations of the non-Malay communities have been legislated against subsequently by Umno and institutionalised in various forms to discriminate against them,” fumed Waythamoorthy.

He conceded that the Malays, as well as the natives of Sabah and Sarawak, were still claiming that they were backward and needed affirmative action by the state.

“Over one trillion ringgit was poured into the Malay economy alone under the New Economic Policy,” he said. “It’s time that the Malays stood up as a community and asked their leaders what happened to the money. Why isn’t it in their pockets?”

 

NEM = NEP for UMNO’s Malay supremacy and designed to exclude especially the Indian poor

NEM = NEP for UMNO’s Malay supremacy and designed to exclude especially the Indian poor

 

NajibAfter much hype the UMNO led government announced it’s New Economic Model (NEM) promising among others:-

 

1)     Our first priority must be eradicate poverty, irrespective of race. We cannot have the high-income, sustainable and the inclusive economy we seek, when disparities in income are not addressed.

2)     It will put in place mechanisms to strengthen the capability of the 40% of households in rural and urban areas that earns less than RM1,500 a month.

3)     The aim is to help the lowest income group take advantage of the opportunities to secure better jobs, raise productivity, and dabble in entrepreneurial ventures and other economic activities that will boost their income.

4)     Stressing no one would be left behind, the council said a coherent and comprehensive need-based social safety net would support vulnerable groups, particularly those with disabilities.

5)     For too long, the implementation of our affirmative action policies has not reached those who needed them most.

6)     “We can no longer tolerate practices that support the behaviour of rent-seeking and patronage, which have long tarnished the altruistic aims of the NEP,” he said.


7)     “Fishermen, petty traders and small farmers also fall under this category and not forgetting the orang asli and low-income urban dwellers seeking out a livelihood in tough economic circumstances,” he said.


8)     Najib said the ultimate goal was no Malaysian to live in poverty.


9)     All will get the chance to succeed and share in prosperity. For those who struggle with low incomes and live in harsh conditions, we will always provide special support to help lift them out of the poverty trap,” he said.   (The Star 31/3/2010 headlines and at page N4).


 


When implementing the New Economic Policy (NEP) in 1970 the then UMNO Prime Minister Tun Razak, the current Prime Minister’s father had assured all Malaysians including the Malaysian Indians that the main objective of the NEP is the eradication of poverty irrespective of race. But in the 40 years of it’s implementation, especially the Indian poor were by UMNOs’ design, excluded from especially the upward mobility opportunities in the national mainstream development of Malaysia.


 


 


Today after 53 years of independence, the suicide rate arising out of or related to poverty is 600% higher than in the Malay community 500% higher single parent rate, also arising out of poverty or poverty related, than in the Chinese community, 90% of Tamil school students entering year one cannot read or write because they never went to kindergartens as their parents could not afford the same, 60% of the inmates are Indians when they form only 8% of the population, which is related to denial of upward mobility opportunities in education, jobs and the business and economic sectors. UMNO has by design made 70% of the Indians to be in the poor and hardcore poor category. For further details please refer Human Rights Violations Against the Ethnic Minority Malaysian Indians – HRP Briefing for foreign and diplomatic missions in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 26/3/2010.


 


But the shrewd excuse UMNO has been giving us is that the policy was good but it was it’s implementation vis a vis the Indians that was bad. But the coincidence is that the implementation for the Malays somehow reaches target. There seems to be no problems, no error in the implementation when it comes to Malays.


 


And today the present Prime Minister, after 40 long years of the NEP, is telling us the same thing, ie, NEP is replaced by NEM without a specific mention on specific affirmative action for the Indians to undo UMNO’s injustices to the Indians in the last 40 years of the NEP, and specific implementation mechanisms to bring the Indians into the national mainstream development of Malaysia.


 


In over the last 40 years of the NEP (and we believe to will be continued under the NEM), 1,016,799 (UM  21/6/09 at page 19) civil servants have been specifically trained under the Biro Tatanegara courses to implement UMNO’s racist, religious extremist and supremacist policies, and specifically to keep the Indians out of the national mainstream development of Malaysia.


 


The Equal Opportunities Commission proposed by the UMNO Prime Minister is a non starter unless these 1,016,799 racist Biro Tatanegara graduates are retrained to implement policies so as not to exclude the Indians from the national mainstream development of Malaysia. It would help and would in fact go a long way if the UMNO Prime Minister goes one step forward by instructing the Chief Secretary of the Government to issue a circular to all the government departments to stop all forms of discrimination in particular against the Malaysian Indians as the Prime Minister and the Government of Malaysia has decided that the Indians cannot and should not be excluded from the National mainstream development of Malaysia vis a vis the non implementing for the Indians the eradicating of poverty irrespective of race.


 


 


But UMNO won’t to this because they were ab initio (from the very beginning) never sincere in the inclusiveness as per the sub headlines in the Star herein below.


 


While UMNO implements these injustices by commission the Opposition parties namely PKR, DAP and PAS watch silently this “blood letting” and by omission perpetuate these injustices especially to these poor Indians.


 


To conclude in short the UMNO led Malay-sian Prime Minister’s NEM is actually the NEP in a new name ie, old wine in new bottles.


 


P.Uthayakumar


 



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Tamil schools have to “beg” to pay electricity and water bills

Tamil schools have to “beg” to pay electricity and water bills

 

Dr MahUpon reading the article in the NST 30/3/2010 at page 24, 196 (including 134) (NST 18/10/09 page 12) Tamil Schools in Perak get help to pay bills. We telephoned a Tamil school headmaster who had confirmed that when they run out of the set yearly allocations for utilities bill, they have to “beg” for money from the pre-existing poor Indians parents and well wishers. Whereas for the Malay schools, a circular would be sent out from the District Education Department asking headmasters to apply for extra funding, should they require so.

 

As for the Chinese schools they probably will not bother with the Education Department allocations as they have a very strong business corporate, banking and financial sector support.

 

UMNO Prime Minister’s One Malay-sia?

 

P.Uthayakumar

 

Tamil schools have to beg to pay electricity

UMNO PM’s Pintar Programmes excludes Tamil schools

UMNO PM’s Pintar Programmes excludes Tamil schools

 

ROSMAH MANSOR The Prime Minister’s wife Rosmah heads the Pintar Kindergardens, which are built in primarily Malay neighbourhoods. Save and except for the token wayang kulit Indian child here and there, this Pintar programme is excluded to especially the poor Indian children. (See NST 31/3/10 at page  26).

 

Why this discrimination even when it comes to children? How then does UMNO not expect these Indian children to grow up not hating the UMNO led Malay-sian government?

 

Children are children in any part of the world except in UMNO Prime Minister Najib Razak’s One Malaysia.

 

Malaysia has ratified the U.N Convention of the Rights of the Child. But at the implementation level UMNOs’ 1,016,799 (UM (B) 21/6/09 at page 19 ) Biro Tatanegara civil service graduates implement UMNOs’ racist, religious extremist and supremacist policies.

 

 

P.Uthayakumar

 

UMNO PMs' Pintar programmes excludes Tamil schools

 

UMNO DPM: Tamil schools not neglected, but the fact is many have to buy their own chairs and tables

MUYIDDIN YASINUMNO DPM:  Tamil schools not neglected, but the fact is many have to buy their own chairs and tables

 

The DPM and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yasin claims’ is the typical UMNO answer in Parliament that RM1.8 billion is spent on Tamil and Chinese school teachers. But only an estimated 5% of this goes to Tamil schools. The lion’s share goes to the giant Chinese schools.

 

 

For 53 long years UMNO in order to camouflage the pathetic and dilapidated state of Tamil schools they lump Tamil schools with the Chinese schools thereby giving a false impression that sufficient funds actually reaches Tamil schools. UMNO has similarly done the same by lumping the Indians and Chinese in economic business, commerce and corporate sector calculation when implementing national policies.

 

But up to date hundreds of Tamil school temporary teachers remain untrained and have to end up going for School Holiday Courses (KDC) to qualify as full qualified teachers.

 

For scores of Tamil schools, for example the Kalai Magal Tamil School in Sg Petani, and the Kulai Tamil School as the latest examples, parents have to buy their own chairs and tables for their schoolchildrens’ use. PKR, DAP and PAS won’t speak up on this matter.

 

One Malaysia? Multiracial PKR, DAP and PAS?

 

P.Uthayakumar

 

UMNO DPM Tamil schools not neglected

Khir endorses MIC candidate but Anwar Ibrahim will not endorse HRP candidate. Anwar or Hindrafs’ racist agenda?

Khir endorses MIC candidate but Anwar Ibrahim will not endorse HRP candidate. Anwar or Hindrafs’ racist agenda?

 

AnwarEven the cruel ex Selangor Menteri Besar Khir Toyo the biggest demolisher of hindu temples in Selangor (at the rate of one hindu temple in every ten days) had said “In the concept of sharing power among the various races and mutual understanding, it is fair that an MIC candidate should be allowed to stand in the (Hulu Selangor) by-election. (The Star 31/3/2010 at page N31).

 

But PKR Supremo Anwar Ibrahim would never similarly endorse an Indian HRP candidate (at least to maintain status quo if not to display greater multi racialism that he claims). At least in this instance who is more multi-racial?  Khir Toyo or Anwar Ibrahim?

 

In fact PKR’s history could be traced and tracked back from the very first general elections it contested in 1999  onwards  when PKR had arm twisted DAP and had filed Malay candidates in many traditionally DAP Indian constituencies.

 

In the 2004 and 2008 general elections PKR grabbed these traditional Indian DAP seats. In fact in the 2008 general elections PKR and PAS Malay candidates defeated the MIC candidates in Hulu Selangor, Teluk Kemang, Lunas, Pasir Panjang, Behrang, Bukit Melawati as if the already suppressed and oppressed by UMNO Indians did not need the political additional representation if not any and every political representation.

 

 

In the year 2000 Teluk Kemang by- elections PKR had similarly filed Roslan Kassim against S.Sothinathan of the MIC. Why not N.Gobalakrishnan who was the original PKR candidate in the 1999 general elections? Roslan Kassim and many other especially serving PKR MPs and state Assemblymen have since defected to UMNO. But no Indian elected representative has ever defected to B.N.

 

In the 2001 Lunas by- elections, PKR had similarly filed Saifuddin Nasution against the MIC candidate and by passing the original 1999 general election DAP candidate Mr.Kathirvelu.

 

In the 2007 Ijok by elections, PKR similarly filed Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim against Parthiban of the MIC and by passing the original Indian DAP candidate.

 

Had it not been for independent candidate Arumugam in Bukit Selambau when the PKR Malay candidate was disqualified in the 2008 general elections, Kedah Indians would have lost all their state political representation in particular it’s sole Exco cum state assembly seat after Lunas having been grabbed by a PKR Malay candidate.

 

 

In the 2009 Bukit Selambau by elections even the Hindraf Makkal Sakthi people power proposed lawyer who would stand up without fear or favour  also in particular for the poor Indians was excluded by PKR because he was no mandore not a PKR pushover but instead an unknown Indian kow-tow mandore but who would otherwise toe PKR’s line was selected the candidate and then made an Exco Member.

 

 

To the direct contrary each time it is a Malay seat beginning from the by elections in Teluk Kemang 2000, Sanggang 2000, Lunas 2000, Pahang 2001, Indera Kayangan 2002, Kuala Berang 2004, Pengkalan Pasir 2005, Batu Talam 2007, Machap 2007, Ijok 2007, Bukit Selambau 2009, Penanti 2009, Manek Urai 2009, Permatang Pasir 2009, Bagan Pinang 2009, Permatang Pauh 2008, Kuala Terengganu 2009 and Bukit Gantang 2009 the pre existing Malay seat is always contested by a Malay PKR or PAS candidate without any hitch. Why not an Indian candidate in these seats as Anwar Ibrahim claims not to have a racist agenda but instead alleges that it is Hindraf that has a racist agenda.

 

Similarly in the Chinese seats of Ketari and Indera Kayangan by elections it was contested by the PKR and DAP Chinese candidates respectively again without any hitch.

 

In effect 100% of the Malay and Chinese seats in any of the by elections since 1999 to date in 2010 was always contested by the Malay and/ or a Chinese candidates from PKR, DAP and PAS but to the contrary 100% of the Indian seats were arm twisted and grabbed by the PKR Malays.

 

And now finally coming to the Hulu Selangor by elections PKR will not make way for even a strong and deserving HRP Indian candidate who has a track record of speaking up without fear or favour especially on the critical Indians problems and where there are few if not no takers. (This point is now academic as HRP has decided not to contest but would instead focus on it’s 15/38 Indian political empowerment strategy- the way forward. But the principle remains).  Just because the Hulu Selangor seat is a Malay majority seat and a Malay candidate has the best chances of winning or the race based winnability factor and/or PKR prefers someone never seen to be championing Indian issues, thus a Malay candidate would thus be filed. Going by this PKR standards, there will eventually be no more Indian MPs’, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Exco Members or State Assemblymen as there is not a single Parliamentary or State seat in Malaysia which is an Indian majority seat. Thus PKR takes advantage of the Indians.

 

As if we do not have enough (state induced) racial problems already in the country, a Malay candidate in Hulu Selangor would accelerate racial tensions between the Indians and the Malays like what had happened in particular in Teluk Kemang, Lunas and Ijok where we recollect the election campaign going out of hand, racial slurs being hurled and in Teluk Kemang in particular even the  person of no less than the Returning Officer cum District Officer had in the early hours of the next morning  used his four wheel Pajero to tear down a part of the hindu temple in Port Dicksom which was under construction. But does this matter to Anwar Ibrahim ?  To the contrary we were envious of how the UMNO Division Chief had become the Pengarah pilihanraya to ensure and secure an Indian candidate winning the seat, how the UMNO Mak Ciks and Pak Ciks greeted and accepted the MIC candidate which has never happened to any Opposition Indian candidate from PKR in a by elections where the nation’s focus is and will be remembered for a long time.

 

 

We have said it before many times and we say it again that where it concerns sharing of Parliamentary and state assembly seats, UMNO has been fairer to the Indians than PKR. Even at the last general elections MIC was guaranteed and free to choose it’s own Indian candidates in the Nine Parliamentary seats and twenty state seats allocated to it to contest.

 

But Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng and Hadi Awang may say “Look there are 11 Indian PKR and DAP MPs’ in Parliament and 14 PKR and DAP Indian State Asseblymen in the PKR, DAP and PAS ruled states of Perak, Selangor, Penang and Kedah state Assemblies including one DCM II and (initially) three and now two Exco Members and also in Perak and N.Sembilan. But PKR, DAP and PAS had been careful in choosing  mandore material Indian candidates who would play to the tune of the majoritarian Malay, Chinese and natives gallery but hardly ever on a serious tone raise critical Indian problems save and except for the odd wayang kulit Indian issues. For instance in the last traditional Indian village of Kg Buah Pala demolishment in Penang, the Ladang Batu Pekaka hindu cemetary demolishment in Kedah and the demolishment of the Ampang hindu temple in Selangor or in any of the other scores of critical Indian problems primarily and as recently outlined in “Human Rights Violations Against the Ethnic Minority Malaysian Indians. HRP briefing for foreign and diplomatic missions in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 26/3/2010”  none of the 11 Indian MPs’ on their own  and/or in unison with PKR, DAP and PAS  leaders and/or MPs’ ever once walked out of Parliament, put in an emergency or other motions, organised even one  protest forum,  sued the local and other authorities or embarked on public campaigns etc. Because they are all subservient and have to kow tow to PKR, DAP and PAS Malay and Chinese leadership (just as how MIC has to prostrate and kow tow to UMNO) and have to toe their party line where the critical Indian issues are not a priority and cannot be seen to be “pro Indian” and coupled by the fact that they all won on up to about 88% Malay and Chinese votes thereby rendering them not empowered enough to put their foot down on the aforesaid Indian problems let alone the scores of the other critical Indian problems also carried forward from the 53 year old UMNO regime rule.

 

 

Who now has the racist agenda? Anwar Ibrahim or Hindraf ?

Who now has more of the racist agenda? Anwar Ibrahim or Najib Tun Razak?

 

It is given that UMNO has to lose in the 2012/2013 general elections. Most of the injustices and atrocities in the country today is because of UMNOs’ 53 year old rule of Malaysia without a break in the chain. Malaysia will overall become a better country after UMNOs’ fall in 2012/2013.

 

But based on the above and even when state land is refused to be given to all 98 Tamil schools in Selangor which is 100% within the purview of the PKR Selangor government is Anwar Ibrahim going to make a difference to the daily lives of in particular the Indian poor who have laboured and suffered for 53 long years under the UMNO regime. Is Anwar Ibrahim sincere vis a vis seriously addressing the critical Indian problems.

 

 

 

 

Karunai Nithi @ Compassionate Justice

 

KHIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindraf to debate Article 153 – in British Parliament

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Joe Fernandez (Malaysiakini)

The debate over Article 153 of the Federal Constitution pertaining to the king’s powers being usurped by Umno and the federal government may shift overseas from Malaysia to the British Parliament, if efforts by Hindraf chief P Waythamoorthy come to fruition.

hindraf in london 110310 waythamoorthyAccording to Waythamoorthy (right), a gathering of Queen’s Counsels (QC) will also debate, in the British parlliament, the shelf life of Article 153 in the light of declassified documents on the talks held between Tunku Abdul Rahman and officials of the British government pertaining to Merdeka.

While other details of the conference have not been finalised – it has yet to be determined whether the event will be in the House of Commons or the House of Lords – discussions are ongoing with QCs from Doughty Street Chamber, said Waythamoorthy.

The agenda for the conference, he added, will include debates on

  • whether the issue of special Malay privileges is a “myth” created by Umno in violation of Article 153 to facilitate carte blanc extension of the party’s highly-politicised version of the Article to every facet of life in Malaysia
  • the systematic violation of the legitimate aspirations of the non-Malay communities which are protected by Article 153
  • the powers of the King in relation to Article 153
  • why Article 153 was not scrapped, as agreed, 15 years after Merdeka in 1957

“We will invite Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali and his mentor Dr Mahathir Mohamad to participate in the conference,” Waythamoorthy when contacted by Malaysiakini.

“We would definitely want the Attorney-General of Malaysia (Abdul Gani Patail) to be there as well to state the Malaysian government’s position before the international community,” he added.

Given Waythamoorthy’s call for Article 153 as a whole to be scrapped, however, de facto law minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz had earlier said this reason alone compromises the former’s right to return to Malaysia.

Waythamoorthy, in self-imposed exile in London, has been granted political asylum by the British government and provided with a British UN travel document as a human rights lawyer-advocate.

hindraf london demo 060208 waythamoorthyWaythamoorthy said he does not rule out the participation in the conference of groups such as the Common Interest Group Malaysia (Cigma) headed by Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan as well as some Orang Asli associations.

Asked what he hoped to accomplish with holding a conference so far away from Malaysian shores, Waythamoorthy said such a discussion would never be allowed back home.

There is also the complication of his passport being revoked, he added, preventing him from traveling to Malaysia.

“What we are going to prove through the conference is that Umno has been misleading everybody on Article 153 and taking them for a ride,” said Waythamoorthy.

“We will easily establish this during the conference. We are backed by the Federal Constitution, including Article 153 and the declassified papers on the Merdeka talks,” he added.

‘Show me the money’


In place of the current Article 153 should be a new provision addressing the ‘underclass’ of all Malaysians, said Waythamoorthy.

Until that is done, he asserted, the current situation “denies us our rightful place in the sun.”

It also means non-native Muslims can seek its ‘privileges’ through the “backdoor” and claim to be Malays and natives”.

bagan pinang 081009 indian voters“There is no basis in law for a non-native to claim that he’s now a native by the backdoor method of professing Islam and claiming to be a constitutional Malay,” stressed Waythamoorthy.

On the other hand, there remain ‘genuine’ Malays throughout the country and natives in Sabah and Sarawak who are claiming to have been overlooked and ignored by the government and the New Economic Policy (NEP), he said further.

“It’s time that the Malays and Sabahan and Sarawakian natives stand up and ask their leaders what has happened to the NEP money. Why isn’t it in their pockets?” he asked.